Decision Making

Updated: Jul 19, 2020 at 12:20am
Created: Jul 18, 2020 at 11:29pm

2-way vs 1-way Door Decisions

2-way door decisions (Type 2) are decisions that can be reversed/undone. This can be iterated quickly and learn from the mistakes. Such as a A/B testing content/buttons on the website. Sales pitch scripts. Picking restaurants. You get the idea.

1-way door decisions (Type 1) are ones that are hard to reverse or undo. You need to be thoughtful and consider 2nd-order effects before deciding. Examples are key customer related decisions, legal, big financial decisions, and people related decisions.

Once a decision has been made, disagree and commit. People should debate hard for key decisions but once decided, everyone needs to commit to the decision without second thoughts.

4 Types of Decision Making

There are 4 types of decision making and we encourage consultative and delegating decisions:

  1. Consultative: The leader listens to everyone’s inputs, but the owner makes and owns the decision in the end. --> 🟒 This is highly encouraged.
  2. Delegating: The leader starts the meeting by delegating the decision to a subject matter expert or to someone leading the initiative/area. --> 🟒 This too is highly encouraged.
  3. Autonomous: The leader comes in with a decision and shares the decision (and its context.) --> 🟠 This is only for announcements or when dealing with crisis-mode (e.g. "Building's on fire. Get out!")
  4. Consensus: The leader calls for a vote or strives to get everyone to agree. --> πŸ”΄ Almost never used nor encouraged.

Using decision making frameworks

[[DRI-RAPID Framework]] is a great tool to make decision making process more efficient as company scales.

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